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Old 11-01-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default The Underrated Orphans from the 1950s



Here's the final installment of the 'orphan' posts, looking at unusual brand choices for a custom project. By the dawn of the 1950s, starting with the 1949 models, American automobile were styled all new inside and out, and rapidly improving year ...

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Old 11-01-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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Good choices. Outside of the lowboy Stude coupes most of those cars were probably considered oldd peoples cars by most of the younger crowd then. I still remember a new at the time jet black Packard Clipper convertible with a red interior cruising though the park where we were having a faimily picnic in 1956 or 57 and thinking it was about the most beautiful car I had ever seen at the time. To this day I've never seen another one just like it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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maybe underrated in car sales and appreciation, but certainly not by customizers. the 5 cars listed here have some of the most sought after custom parts of any car! i know you mean the cars as a whole but look at the grills, taillights, bumpers and other classic custom parts on these cars and i think you'll see them in a new light. hope i didn't steer your original topic off course, i think as a custom car lover these cars were gold!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #4
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All good choices, especially the Plymouth. 55-56 Dodges share quite a bit with them and can be quite nice looking with their split grilles and stacked round tail lights.

On kind of a side note, 15 years ago, when i was first driving my '53 Ford around, I used to hear all the time about how the 52-54 Fords were the "lost years" and how unusual it was to see one customized, or even in stock form. But I'm really glad to see they've earned a stronger following over the last few years, as it seems there were plenty of them customized back in the "glory years".
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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Love the 55-56 Plymouth. Had a chance to buy a really nice driver about 8 years ago.....still kick myself for not getting it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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I had a 55 2dr hardtop! Ive looked for years for another nice one never have found one.I think they were factory customs .Nice lines compared to the ford and chevys of the same year.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:40 PM   #7
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Girl I dated in college drove a nash w/ the fold-down seat , new it was gonna be a good night when she drove... ahh to be young again !!

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Old 11-01-2012, 12:51 PM   #8
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Just got rid of my 1956 Plymouth Suburban a couple months ago. Fun car...
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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All good choices but I would like to add the De Soto also has one of my favorite dash designs of the fifties.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:26 PM   #10
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Here's 3
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:32 PM   #11
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Really like that plymouth wagon (looks like a small 57 chevy from the side little in that pic). And I mean that in a good way.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #12
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My addition to the list...
My family had one like in the first photo, first car I remember as a 4 year old kid.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #13
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55-56 Plymouth make EXCELLENT custom material...mild custom material that is....
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:37 PM   #14
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Outside of the lowboy Stude coupes most of those cars were probably considered oldd peoples cars by most of the younger crowd then.
What's a lowboy? Do you mean Loewy...as in Raymond Lowey ? He was the head of design of those cars, though Robert Bourke headed up most of the actual work on the 53, 54, 55 Studes.

But to ansewr the original question....I agree, the Stude lineup is a much forgotten car.
I drive a 59, 2dr. wagon Lark almost daily. Is that a Dodge, did Ford make those, where were those made, are just a couple of the many questions I get.

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:06 PM   #15
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You never heard 'em called that?
Yeah, I get that all the time with my '53...
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #16
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Miss my 56 Plymouth Suburban a lot! Oh well. they come and they go. ~sololobo~
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #17
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while your choices are all good, I really think you have made a huge mistake in passing over the '51-52 Kaiser coupes (short roof, solid quarter window) and the '51-54 Kaiser two door sedans (longer roof w/ rear vent window). And considering custom potential, two things; the K-F Corp. came very close to a deal with GM to put Olds 303 V8s in front of the GM Hydro they were already using, and the factory did consider convertibles building one prototype.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #18
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1954-55 Kaiser in fact pretty much any Kaiser....


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Old 11-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #19
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And the Kaiser Darrin....

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:43 PM   #20
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I'll just say ANY Plymouth from the 50s is kool. It is amazing the change from 50-59 especially in the Mopar lineups, but the Plymouths are my Favorites
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